New York Public Library

Fee: Always free

Sun. 1 PM–5 PM
Mon. 10 AM–6 PM
Tue. 10 AM–8 PM
Wed. 10 AM–8 PM
Thu. 10 AM–6 PM
Fri. 10 AM–6 PM
Sat. 10 AM–6 PM
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
Manhattan, New York 10018
(917) 275-6975

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A stairwell at the New York Public Library Schwarzman Building
The New York Public Library (website) is a Landmark (Library) in New York.
Official description from New York Public Library:
Often referred to as the "main branch," the Beaux-Arts landmark building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street houses outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences as well as a circulating children’s collection. The non-circulating graduate-level collections were initially formed from the consolidation of the Astor and Lenox Libraries, and have evolved into one of the world's preeminent public resources for the study of human thought, action, and experience -- from anthropology and archaeology, to religion, sports, world history, and literature. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is renowned for the extraordinary comprehensiveness of its historical collections as well as its commitment to providing free and equal access to its resources and facilities. It houses some 15 million items, among them priceless medieval manuscripts, ancient Japanese scrolls, contemporary novels and poetry, as well as baseball cards, dime novels, and comic books.
Dan's opinion:
This library is so beautiful it might as well be a museum. It also functions as a great place to study with free wi-fi and ample table space. However, you can't bring drinks there. The exterior of the museum was used in "Ghostbusters." There are also apparently books to check out, but they're probably massive and in Latin.
Wikipedia excerpt:
The New York Public Library (NYPL) is the third largest public library in North America and is one of the United States' most significant research libraries. It is simultaneously one of the largest public library systems in the United States and one of the largest research library systems in the world. It is a privately managed, nonprofit corporation with a public mission, operating with both private and public financing. The historian David McCullough has described the New York Public Library as one of the five most important libraries in the United States, the others being the Library of Congress, the Boston Public Library, and the university libraries of Harvard and Yale. The New York Public Library has branches in the boroughs of Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island. According to the American Library Association, the branch libraries comprise the twenty-sixth largest library in the United States. New York City's other two boroughs, Brooklyn and Queens, are served by the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Borough Public Library respectively. These libraries predate the consolidation of New York City.

Promotional images for exhibits from New York Public Library official site

Current Exhibitions

Now Ongoing
The REAL Winnie-the-Pooh won't be found on a video, in a movie, on a T-shirt or a lunchbox. Since 1987, the REAL Pooh and four of his best friends--Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, and Tigger--have been living at The New York Public Library
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